A teacher at a middle school in Newtown was arrested on Wednesday morning after allegedly carrying a gun in school.
The teacher, identified as 46-year-old Jason Adams, was seen with a gun at Newtown Middle School, according to police.
He has a valid pistol permit, however he was arrested for violating the school policy that forbids possession of a firearm on school property. He was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. He is expected to appear in court on April 20.
Adams was placed on administrative leave.
"My son absolutely loves him. He was a real mentor to my son," said parent Elizabeth O'Connell. "I got emails from the superintendent left and right. I'm devastated. I think it was really really stupid mistake. I obviously don't know his intentions. It's horrible."
In a statement, the Newtown School System said "This matter is very serious and troubling, both the Newtown Public School system and the Newtown Police Department took immediate steps to address the matter. The teacher was immediately detained by security personnel. The teacher has additionally been placed on administrative leave pending an administrative investigation. Both agencies have been working closely together to investigate the incident and are taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and community members.”
Eyewitness News reached out to Adams for a comment however he declined.
According to Adams' LinkedIn page, he has been with the district for over 10 years. The page had been taken down as of Wednesday night.
On Dec. 14, 2012, 26 students and staff members were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which is located in Newtown.
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